Competition pushing Packers’ young receivers in roster battle

GREEN BAY – Each day of training camp, there seems to be another young receiver stepping up for the Packers on the practice field.

So it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone that the receivers under the top three of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams came to play in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nine of the 10 receivers who suited up for the Packers caught at least one pass. The only one who didn’t, second-year receiver Trevor Davis, instead returned a punt for a 68-yard touchdown to put the Packers on the board in the second quarter.

The competition has been fierce since the start of the offseason program, providing a constant reminder of what’s at stake in the quest for a spot on the Packers’ 53-man roster.

Working almost exclusively in three-receiver sets during the second half, the Packers took a long look at several of those prospects against the Eagles, giving reserve quarterbacks Joe Callahan and Taysom Hill the freedom to work the ball downfield.

“We’re so deep in our room and it’s so competitive, how else are you going to find out what guys can do unless you give them those opportunities?” said rookie fifth-round pick DeAngelo Yancey, who led the Packers with three catches for 67 yards. “So I think it’s a great thing, airing it out. It’s a great chance to see what you got and evaluate guys.”

The Packers expected the receiver competition to be hotly contested this summer. This year’s corps feature seven draft picks and two former undrafted free agents (Geronimo Allison and Max McCaffrey) who spent time on the active roster last year.

Green Bay didn’t dress quarterback Aaron Rodgers or Nelson against the Eagles, but gave backup quarterback Brett Hundley veterans Cobb, Adams and tight end Martellus Bennett to work with during the first two series.

Once they exited, the offense deployed fourth-year veteran Jeff Janis, Davis and Allison before turning things over…

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